Archive for the ‘Fiction’ Category

Win a copy of Shopaholic to the Stars!

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

It’s been 4 years but finally the waiting is over…

This month, part 7 of Sophie Kinsella’s massively popular Shopaholic series is going to hit the streets!  Becky has moved to LA with her husband and daughter and soon she will be shopping op a storm on Rodeo Drive being a Shopaholic to the Stars.

Thanks to the lovely people at Random House, you can win a FREE copy!

All you have to do is answer the following question:

Which movie star would you like to dress and why?

Mail your answer to by September 24th. Please include “Shopaholic” in your subject header.

Ebooks are available of all the books in the series so far: The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic, Shopaholic Abroad, Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Shopaholic & Sister, Shopaholic & Baby, and Mini Shopaholic.

You Review: Edge of Eternity – Ken Follett

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Reviewed by Catarina Queiroz

If you like to learn history in context, with a dash of drama and romance, this is your kind of book. Edge of Eternity is actually the final volume of Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy, so in order to fully appreciate it you should read the two previous books, Fall of Giants and Winter of the World. This last volume brings forth the powerful and passionate conclusion of the intertwined paths of the five leading families: American, Russian, German, English and Welsh. The multiple characters from the featured families put together the pieces of the historical context lived by our ancestors from the 60’s to the 80’s, forming an incredibly accurate and lively puzzle.

Love, jealousy and hatred play along with the tension of the Cold War. Families are ripped apart as the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War go on. Rock ‘n roll shakes things up, bringing free love and drug abuse to the spotlight, but also hope and redemption for those who can feel the beat of the music. Finally the fall of the Berlin wall destroys the last barriers, reuniting different generations of the same families and symbolizing the start of a new era.

The epilogue is especially moving, as old eyes and hearts, as well as their innocent offspring, witness the election of the first African American President of the USA. This moment is portrayed as the culmination of a “long story,” the story of the victory of equality, democracy and humanity over discrimination, dictatorship and brutality. In short, I would say that this book is a must-read for all historical fiction lovers.

You Review: The latest releases, reviewed by ABC customers.

There is no ebook available of Edge of Eternity at this moment, but there are ebooks available of the previous books in the trilogy: Fall of Giants and Winter of the World.

You Review: We Are Not Ourselves – Matthew Thomas

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Reviewed by Charlotte de Heer

Matthew Thomas (debut novelist) gives the coming-of-age novel a completely different perspective and I might even go as far as calling We Are Not Ourselves THE coming-of-age novel. The book is an epic journey through the life of a woman trying to succeed in life, chronicling her years lived between 1951 and 2011. Yes, this does mean it’s a rather long book, but definitely a book worth reading if you’re up for it.

From being a daughter, Eileen Tumulty turns in to a wife and a mother. As a daughter of Irish immigrants, Eileen is trying to create her own American Dream. She decides to marry a mad scientist (who is nothing like her father) and plans to have a better life than her parents did, for herself as well as her child. When her son finds his way into adulthood, something life-changing happens that turns Eileen’s life – and the plans she made – upside down.

This book really has it all, everything that life has to offer or – actually – doesn’t have to offer. Personally I found the book book a bit too long, but in a strange way I couldn’t put it down either. You really start to know and love the characters in the book and after a while it gets hard to leave them. The book is really precise and gives you a realistic look into the life of a woman dreaming her American Dream. It’s about real life and real problems that come along and mess up your dream life.

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Charlotte, together with Esmée, runs the Bored to Death Book Club.  Head on over to see if you might like to join them!

You Review: The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Reviewed by David Young

It’s late 17th century Holland, and Petronella (Nella) Oortmans’ father dies, leaving large debts which can only be paid off by marrying Nella to the 20 years older Johannes Brandt, a prosperous Amsterdam merchant.

As a wedding present Brandt gives her a doll’s house version of his magnificent Herengracht house, which Nella begins to fill with dolls from a local miniaturist. However from the dolls she receives it becomes apparent that the miniaturist knows a lot about the affairs of the Brandt household – not only that, she is able to predict its future…..

As the sexual activities and proclivities of Brandt and his mysterious and reclusive sister Marin begin to drag them down into a vortex of scandal, Nella finds herself whirled through a series of rapidly escalating crises which threaten the very existence of the Brandt family.

The Miniaturist is a fictionalised biography of actual 17th century people, and the author has done a remarkable job of recreating the atmosphere of the Dutch Golden Age, its febrile money-making, closed social and political circles and prudish mores. What begins as a gentle and intriguing mystery turns into a real high-paced thriller, both superbly handled. You can almost smell the streets.

I found this book so engrossing that while reading it on the train I missed my station – twice! A most promising debut and I look forward to Jessie Burton’s next novel.

You Review: The latest releases, reviewed by ABC customers.

Ebook of The Miniaturist available here.

2014 Man Booker Prize shortlist announced

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

You know it’s truly fall when the Man Booker Prize shortlist is announced…  :-)  The 2014 shortlist consists of:

The winner will be announced on October 14th, and the longlist can be found here.